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HBS Announces Timing of Round 1 Interview Invitations & Early Release

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Applicants to Harvard Business School can expect some big news from the school on Wednesday, October 4th at noon EST. In a post to the Direct from the Director’s blog, HBS admissions wrote that Round 1 applicants can expect the following:

“Next Wednesday, October 4, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, all Round 1 applicants will receive an update via their Application Status page on next steps in our process. There are three possibilities:

  1. Invite to Interview – this is very good news! If you are in this group, you will receive additional information regarding the process on October 4. On October 5 you will be able to choose the date and time for your interview.
  2. Further Consideration – this is also good news. We ask a small group of strong applicants to wait until Round 2, at which point we will review your application again. More information will be shared with you via email if you receive a “Further Consideration” update.
  3. Early Release – unfortunately, this means we are not able to move you to the next step in our process. Our hope is that by letting you know this news early, you can move forward with other plans.”

These planned updates land four weeks after the program’s Round 1 deadline of September 6th. Admissions interviews can be conducted virtually, on-campus or at an off-campus hub.

Of course, MBA LiveWire will light up on Wednesday with applicants reporting their invites. And if there are any snags or delays in the release, reports of those will surely surface on LiveWire as well. You could choose—optimistically—to spend your waiting time preparing for an interview. The Clear Admit HBS Interview Guide can give you an important head start. It’s packed with vital, up-to-date interview preparation guidance, including commonly asked questions and advice on how to form strategy around the post-interview leg of the process.

And as always, remember that the Clear Admit Interview Archive also offers a repository of applicant-submitted details about the interview process.

Best of luck!

Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.